BIOGRAPHY - CARMELLA DECESARE

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Carmella Danielle Garcia (née DeCesare ; born July 1, 1982) is an American model who was Playboy magazine's Miss April 2003 and

Playmate of the Year for 2004. She is of Italian and Puerto Rican descent. She is also known for her time in WWE as a professional

wrestler. She was featured in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the players' wives feature.

 

Carmella DeCesare was born in Avon Lake, Ohio and lives in Manhattan Beach, California. She graduated from Avon Lake High School

in 2000 and later worked at a title company in the Cleveland area.

 

She responded to Playboy's "Who Wants to Be a Playboy Centerfold?" search when it came to Cleveland and was selected as a finalist

for the competition. She, however, had second thoughts and withdrew early in the taping of material for the Fox Network special that aired

in the summer of 2002. DeCesare then changed her mind about posing for Playboy and was quickly named Cyber Girl of the Week

in October 2002 and Cyber Girl of the Month in February 2003, before being selected as Playboy's Miss April in 2003.

 

On September 10, 2004, she pled not guilty to assault in a Cleveland, Ohio court after a fight in a bar on August 21, 2004 with a woman

named Kristen Hine. She was acquitted of the assault charge on January 12, 2005 but found guilty of violating a restraining order. She

was sentenced to do twenty-four hours of community service, given one year probation, and fined $150. During the trial, DeCesare testified

that Jeff Garcia, her boyfriend and at that time the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, had been involved in an affair with Hine after DeCesare's and Garcia's relationship began. Garcia commented on the situation "It’s embarrassing that I am here today, to be caught up in a situation like this."

 

She appeared in the 2005 Playmates at Play at the Playboy Mansion swimsuit calendar as calendar girl of March. The calendar was the inaugural Playmates at Play calendar and it was shot on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion in 2004. It was Playboy's first attempt at creating a non-nude swimsuit calendar featuring Playmates similar in style with those from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2005, DeCesare received breast implants. In an episode of the E! reality-TV series The Girls Next Door in August 2005, she said that her implants looked fake because they were new and had not fully settled.

 

DeCesare married NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia on April 21, 2007 at the CordeValle Resort in San Martin, California. They have a daughter named Presley who was born on April 28, 2008. The couple welcomed their second child, a son, in June 2009.

 

In a May 2007 interview with the Calgary Sun, Garcia intimated that since DeCesare is now his wife she will distance herself from Playboy. She is listed as the vice-president of Garcia's charity, the Garcia Pass It On Foundation.

 

She modeled in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

 

Carmella made her first World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) appearance as a contestant in the 2004 WWE Diva Search. She had a lot of enemies from the other finalist, such as Maria who flipped off DeCesare after she got eliminated before she did. Contestants of the 2004 Diva Search claimed that she was the only one in the competition who wasn't there for the right reasons. DeCesare was the runner-up in the Diva Search, with Christy Hemme being crowned the winner of the 2004 Diva Search.

 

Although Christy Hemme won, WWE hired a few of the finalist. (Amy Weber, Candice Michelle, Chandra Costello, Joy Giovanni, Julia Costello, Maria, and Michelle McCool) They kept her temporarily for a feud with Christy Hemme, in which DeCesare portrayed a jealous heel. She had her first match with Hemme at the 2004 Taboo Tuesday PPV, in a losing effort. She was released a few weeks later.